A new home brings you a new yard and some new problems! Millennieals are credited with being a driving factor behind the recent rapid increase in home buying across the country and in most cases it’s their first home. So they will be dealing with their first lawn and yard space to take care of. We have listed a few tips on the problems that come with new ownership…
I Have a Yard and Landscaping, Now What?
Many first time home buyers were renters before they were homeowners so they were used to calling the landlord when a problem arose. Now there is no one to call, and it can be a lonely feeling if you don’t know how to take care of your lawn, landscaping, and landscaping equipment. Lawn mower doesn’t work?? May need a lesson on how to put in a spark plug. Sprinkler system not working? Is your sprinkler head clogged? Why is your pump buzzing? Why do I have so many weeds in the yard? I trimmed by bushes and now they look like they are dying. Water is pouring over the tops of my gutters? There mosquito everywhere? I have tunnels in the yard, maybe it’s moles!
Should You Learn to Be a Landscaper or Hire a Professional?
When you buy a home you will have landscaping to trim and keep fresh. You will have a lawn that needs cut and fertilized. This will include trees and shrubbery to trim and sculpture. It is up to you to keep it looking beautiful and inviting. You may even want to take a crash course in horticulture to learn the ins and outs of lawn care before spring or call a landscaping professional to help you. You can leave as much or as little up to landscaping professionals as you wish. They can cut the grass, use weed control, aeration, fertilize the law, rid your yard of pests and many other of you outdoor chores.
Walk Before You Run
Make sure your lawn is manageable. Sometimes the inspiration you see on Instagram and Pinterest aren’t grounded in reality. Get comfy in your new home, learn your style, and save any big changes after you have a full grasp of your lawn chores. Or better yet, dream big and pull in a professional to help you while you do what you want to do and are best at.
Always Budget for the Unexpected
As if buying a home wasn’t a huge investment there are tons of hidden cost to be away of. Have about 4% budgeted for the unexpected, each year. For a $200,000 home, that’s about $8,000. It seems like a lot, but even if you don’t spend that money, consider it an emergency fund for your home.
Tools, Storage, and Tool Mainteance
Before you move in take a look and assess your storage needs. Will you need to store your grill? Where will you put the lawn mower, the blower , the trimmer and garden tools? If there is not a shed you may be left scratching your head trying to find a place for all your stuff. Just remember there are prefab sheds, storage pod and solution you can use or you can skip buying tools and call in a professional who will bring their own tools.
It’s Not All Bad, Enjoy Your New Home!
- Homeownership Builds Wealth Over Time.
- You Build Equity Every Month.
- Tax Deductions on Home Equity Lines.
- You Get a Capital Gains Exclusion.
- A Mortgage Is Like a Forced Savings Plan.
- Long Term… Buying Is Cheaper than Renting.
We help our residential and commercial clients with their lawns and landscaping all year ’round! A&A Lawn Care and Landscaping has a lot of experience help new home owners with their lawns and landscaping.
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About A & A Lawn Care & Landscaping
A & A Lawn Care & Landscaping can beautify your lawn and landscaping using our vast experience in turf grass management. Our complete lawn service is designed for both residential and commercial lawns and we keep your lawn healthy without harming your family, staff, or pets.